Lauryn Hill has graced her die-hard fans with new material, “Consumerism”. Hill has recently been in the media due to her time spent in prison for tax evasion, and what better way to celebrate your release than doing what you love to do.
“Consumerism” is more than just a song, but rather an attack on every social ill Ms.Hill, or anyone else, could possibly think of. The message was very Lauryn Hill, who is known for making music with a meaning, with songs like “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Lost Ones”. Hill is not generally the type to create superficial records, which sets her apart from many artist today.
The song’s release was accompanied by a letter written by Lauryn Hill herself, which can be read below.
“’Consumerism’ is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level.”
– Ms. Lauryn Hill
You can listen to the song below:
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